Our best numbers were produced in "drive" without brake torque. Shifts came slightly before redline.
Brake fade was significant after four back-to-back stops. However, our test vehicle had very low miles, making it likely the brakes had never been heat cycled, which can diminish one-stop performance. Pedal feel and performance returned after the brakes cooled.
Both through the slalom and around the skidpad, handling was electronically limited by Ford's AdvanceTrac system, which combines ABS, traction control, yaw control and a roll-motion sensor to reduce handling limits well below those necessary to produce numbers the Sport Trac is otherwise capable of. Even with traction control manually defeated using the dash-mounted button, the system remains active and critically reduces handling limits through brake application and throttle reduction.